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dc.contributor.authorGong, Sen
dc.contributor.authorGu, Jing
dc.contributor.authorTeng, Fei
dc.identifier.citationGong, S., Gu, J. and Teng, F. (2019). The impact of the Belt and Road Initiative investment in digital connectivity and information and communication technologies on achieving the SDGs. K4D Emerging Issues Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.en
dc.description.abstractThe lion’s share of the “Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)” investment in infrastructure from the Chinese investors has gone to the energy and transportation sectors, and only a very small share to the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector. However, the ICT sector has attracted growing investment not only from the public sector but also from the private enterprises in China, and stronger interests from the stakeholders in the BRI-related countries. The existing Chinese literature shows that the current investment in ICTs as well as digital connectivity and digital economy has had some positive influence on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in those recipient countries. It has helped to facilitate economic growth of the least developed countries and rural areas of middle-income countries, to promote development of small and medium-sized enterprises, to encourage digital transformation of traditional industries and green growth, to narrow down the digital gap, and to enhance digital inclusion.en
dc.relation.ispartofseriesK4D Emerging Issues Report;
dc.rightsThis report was prepared for the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and its partners in support of pro-poor programmes. It is licensed for non-commercial purposes only. K4D cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this report. Any views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of DFID, K4D or any other contributing organisation. © DFID - Crown copyright 2019.en
dc.subjectEconomic Developmenten
dc.titleThe Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative Investment in Digital Connectivity and Information and Communication Technologies on Achieving the SDGsen
dc.typeEmerging Issues Reportsen
dc.rights.holder© DFID - Crown copyright 2019en
rioxxterms.funderDepartment for International Development, UK Governmenten

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